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Dr. Royden Loewen

Royden Loewen

We began our series on Featured Researchers in Arts by highlighting the History Department's Dr. Royden Loewen, Professor and Chair in Mennonite Studies, and his research on Mennonite History. Dr. Loewen was recognized as the 2009 recipient of the University of Winnipeg's Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.

David Fitzpatrick, Dean of Arts, states that "As recognized by his peers at the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Royden Loewen is an excellent researcher who has followed his ethnic and cultural research across three continents. He brings the fruits of that labour back to the UW and its students, some of whom participate in his investigations. He has revealed and examined Manitoba links to Africa, Latin America and Europe. His research enhances our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world." He adds that the "Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship is well deserved."


Dr. Catherine Tosenberger

Catherine Tosenberger

Next we highlighted the work of the English Department's Dr. Catherine Tosenberger.

Dr. Tosenberger is waving a tapestry of the old and the new. She began with her work on the European fairytale canon and segued into participatory fanfiction associated with Harry Potter and other current texts.

According to Dr. Catherine Hunter, the Department Chair for English, "Dr. Tosenberger translates her scholarship on fairytales, folklore, and Internet fandom into some of the English department's most loved courses. Her work is one of the key factors in the University's reputation for original research and excellence in the field of Young People's Texts and Cultures." To continue, click here.


Dr. Jorge Machín-Lucas

Dr. Jorge  Machin-Lucas

Then, we profiled Dr. Jorge Machín-Lucas of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, who was born and obtained his undergraduate education in Spain. His family still lives in Barcelona, and he has managed to return there almost every year. It is this vibrant connection to the culture and the land of his birth that informs both his teaching here at the University of Winnipeg and his research. Our students benefit from this on-going relationship. Click here to continue.


Dr. Pauline Greenhill

Pauline Greenhill

Then, we'd looked at the work of Dr. Pauline Greenhill of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. Not one to leave the usual, the accepted or the standard alone, untried or untested, she takes another look at what many of us have left in our pasts. She looks at fairy tales and the like, and her work suggest we might just want to take another look too.

Dr. Greenhill has been a professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies program since 1991. Over that time she has garnered such awards as the Chicago Folklore Prize as well as the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Professional/Non-Student Prize and the Wayland Hand Prize from The American Folklore Society. She has also been both a member and officer of various professional organizations. Along the way, she has managed to secure over $1,000,000 in research and funding support. Click here to continue.


Dr. Peter Ives

Dr. Peter Ives

Dr. Peter Ives of the Political Science Department was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He received a B.A. (1991) in Political Science from Reed College, Portland, Oregon, an M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1998) in Social & Political Thought from York University, Toronto. After teaching at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of Manitoba, he joined the faculty at the University of Winnipeg in 2000. His teaching focuses on contemporary political theory and the history of political thought and cultural politics. In addition to teaching in the Political Science Department, Professor Ives teaches in the M.A. Cultural Studies Programme. Click here to continue.


Dr. Janis Thiessen

Dr. Janis ThiessenDr. Janis Thiessen has quickly established herself since accepting a position in the Department of History in 2011. She has published "Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba" (University of Toronto Press, 2013), organized two food history symposia at the University, and received a faculty award for her teaching (2014). She also edits a national journal. Indeed, as Dr. Glenn Moulaison, Dean of Arts, states, “The remarkable thing about Dr. Thiessen is not that she is excellent at what she does, but that she is excellent at doing so many different things. We are truly fortunate that she chose to work here.” Click here to continue.


Dr. Kevin Walby

Dr. Kevin WalbyDr. Kevin Walby’s primary area of research is focused on policing, security, and surveillance. With R.K. Lippert at University of Windsor, Walby is co-editor of Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge, 2013) and Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective (Palgrave, 2014). Walby is co-author of Municipal Corporate Security in International Context (Routledge, 2015). Articles on policing, security, and surveillance appear in journals including British Journal of Criminology, Security Dialogue, as well as Law & Social Inquiry. Walby and Lippert are now co-editing a collection on national security. Click here to continue.


Dr. Jason Hannan

Dr. Jason HannanPhoto credit: Rachel Berg

Dr. Jason Hannan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. Prior to joining UWinnipeg in 2013, he was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture at Northwestern University. His research interests include bioethics and medical humanities, rhetoric and political theory, and the philosophy of communication.



In reflecting on his work, Dr. Jaqueline McLeod Rogers states that: "Jason Hannan is able to connect current events to serious topics like truth telling and medical ethics. He helps students reflect on how much of our thinking is governed by the politics of telling. What’s best is that he conducts his research with a respect for life that provides a good working model for students and colleagues both."  Click here to continue.